Silma La Dulce
Calle Corredera Baja de San Pablo, 45
Mercado de Fuencarrel: Calle Fuencarrel, 45
Monday to Saturday; 11am-2pm, 5-9pm
Silma is a name you can easily box with names like Lola, Carmela, Angelina, Linda, Evita…get the drift? Anyway, it’s merely a combination of Silvia and Emma, the owners of ‘Silma La Dulce’ (http://www.emmaysofia.com/), a women’s designer store in Madrid.
It unsurprisingly sells naughty ‘Forbidden Lingerie and Bags’ from Vive Maria (http://www.vivemaria.de/) and Pussy Deluxe (http://www.pussydeluxe.de/). These German brands have interesting items, but are not as outrageous as their names suggest.
Their intimate stock is limited, but what makes this store notable is that it sells fashion designed by local amateur designers.
Clothes from Con 2 Tijeras (http://www.con2tijeras.com/) and Acción Continua (http://www.elmundo.es/metropoli/2006/09/29/compras/1159480881.html), broaches from Cadavericos Perditos, and accessories from Angeles Castro, dominate the collection.
Because of the variety of designers, it’s hard to categorize the items into a particular style. Every piece has individual character.
You will find: dresses, skirts, blouses, t-shirts and tank tops, with striking colors, flowers, sequence, frills and cuts; casual wear with subtle yet obvious details, party wear, funky wear and even I-will-wear-this-just-to-make-a-statement wear.
Its broaches, belts, ties, head bands, necklaces and hats are handmade, and make great add-ons.
The décor is chill out. The multicolored clothes and artisan showpieces stand out distinctly against the store’s red and loungy set-up that includes a white zebra print sofa for customers.
It’s hip, offbeat, fashionable, designer, and — expensive.
An ordinary spaghetti strap top with a broach could cost you around €30, so unless you are desperate for something nobody else has, you might find it pricey.
However, you if you are looking for some funky party gear, or want to kick start a new genre of activity in the bedroom with your partner, this might just do it for you.
Also, every December, the store has a ‘mercadillo’ where it brings out similarly wacky wear, at reduced prices. Now that sounds like something to look out for.